This book was so wonderful! The concept of a bigtime corporate lawyer who turns on his client in order to save local endangered wildlife is probably ludicrous, but it makes for a moving and life-affirming story that will have you cheering on the main character and his family. Despite the title, which refers to the fact that the main character has married into a family of dowsers, the dowsers are really the sub-plot and the main focus of the story is one man's decision between his high paid job and his personal beliefs and love of his family.
This book is full of strong women who live their lives true to themselves, not what society 'expects' of them: two sisters and one daughter who are dowers, able to find water. The battle between greed and development vs. the environment is age old. The author shows a compromise can be reached. And he shows that a father's love for his daughter (and her mother) is worth more than his high-paying job as lawyer to the developer. Well written, believable story.
Another interesting story from this author. Moves slowly, but very absorbing and deeply felt.
fascinating. great mix of country lore, new age witches. philosophical but a great read
From the NPR review: "I was charmed by the mixture of country lore and planning boards, new age witches and old fashioned family duties. For anyone interested in the way we live with the land, on the land, today, this novel makes for a thoughtful evening or two of entertaining reading." And from the Washington Post, "Anyone whose family is divided between conservatives and liberals will squirm with recognition..."